DeCordova awarded Jennifer Hall the inaugural Rappaport Prize for her creative use of new technologies. Hall was a pioneer in integrating digital imagery and sound in artworks to push the aesthetic envelope of sculpture, video, performance art, sound art, and interactive installations. To create her Epileptiforms, 2000, Hall, who suffers from temporal lobe epilepsy, recorded her brain waves during sleep. She then rendered the captured patterns of spikes and valleys as three-dimensional rings and cast them in sterling silver, turning personal scientific data into a an object of beauty, anxiety, and foreboding. Several of the practices Hall was utilizing at the time have become well-established threads in the artworld over the past decade—particularly the marriage of science and art and the public visualization of private data.

What did the prize mean to you?

"The Rappaport Prize was a rare opportunity that allowed me to focus on my own artwork," writes Hall. "On a more personal scale, [the Rappaport Prize] has meant a tremendous amount to me. I have received recognition as an artist who makes a contribution. I believe that an artist can be a community builder and carry important messages through developing works that involve, engage and address new models for both art and education."

Where is she today?

Hall founded—and continues to direct—the Do While Studio in Boston, a small non-profit institution dedicated to "the critical appraisal of digital technology—always in concert with traditional forms of artistic expression such as painting, sculpture, poetry, choreography, storytelling, music, and design." Her installation Tipping Point: Health Narratives from the South End, which explored the health issues of Boston residents through text, image, and sound, was exhibited at the Boston Center for the Arts in 2006. Hall also continues to research connections between neurology and creativity.